The last of the "5" Star Sandhill Crane photos comes from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
The Rocky Mountain population of greater sandhill cranes is the most abundant subspecies that winters in the Bosque del Apache. They are the largest of all the sandhills, standing four feet tall with a wing span greater than six feet. The immature cranes are mostly rust colored their first year, after which they turn mostly gray with a red facial patch. All in all about 30,000 Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache during the winter months.